TeleStroke program is in partnership with Tulane Medical Center. The program is a
form of telemedicine that provides Memorial patients with enhanced in-house
stroke care and 24-hour access to Tulane Medical Center’s specialized
The collaboration brings together innovative
TeleStroke equipment, the Memorial emergency team and specialized care from Tulane’s
Joint Commission-certified comprehensive stroke center to evaluate, consult,
diagnose, treat or transfer the patient to the appropriate stoke care
TeleStroke system carts and a two-way live video, audio and image sharing system,
consulting stroke neurologist and neurosurgeons from Tulane Medical Center
can evaluate a patient in real time to determine the best course of action.
How TeleStroke Works
Step 1: EMS personnel begin assessing the stroke patient during the trip to the hospital.
Step 2: After the patient arrives at the emergency department, ER personnel quickly
perform diagnostic tests and an initial assessment.
Step 3: The ER physician or Tulane Medical Center neurologist (who has received
a call from the emergency department) initiates a secure video conference
using computer monitors located in both the emergency department and at
Tulane Medical Center.
Step 4: A Tulane Medical Center neurologist or neurosurgeon conducts a virtual,
real-time neurological exam in collaboration with the ER physician and
Memorial's neuro specialists. Via video, the stroke expert can communicate
with the patient and ER physician. As part of the consultation brain images
(CT Scans) are also reviewed to ensure excellent care.
Step 5: Together the ER physician and Tulane Medical Center decide on the best
treatment. If appropriate, the ER physician administers a clot busting
drug. Patients often remain in their local hospitals. In some cases, patients
are transferred to a specialized care center, such as Tulane Medical Center.